Legal Ethics

  • March 22, 2024

    Trump Election Case Gives Young Ga. Judge 'A World Stage'

    As Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee prepares for perhaps the highest profile case he will ever see, legal experts and former state justices told Law360 that the young jurist has the ethics and temperament to not let the politically charged Donald Trump prosecution derail a promising legal career.

  • March 22, 2024

    Ill. Judges End Diversity Rules That Drew Conservative Ire

    The Seventh Circuit's chief judge has resolved judicial misconduct complaints targeting allegedly discriminatory standing orders by some Illinois federal judges encouraging younger, female and minority attorneys to handle oral arguments, after two of the judges rescinded their policies in response to the complaints.

  • March 22, 2024

    Lewis Brisbois Accused Of Filing 'Sham' Suits To Avert Fault

    A group of 185 Chinese investors have accused Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP attorneys of filing numerous lawsuits — and collecting $3.8 million in legal fees — to cover for failing to read "draconian" contract terms that led the investors to lose their $92.5 million stake in a $2.5 billion Los Angeles mixed-use development.

  • March 22, 2024

    Cuomo Sister May Sit For Retaliation Claim Depo, Judge Says

    A Manhattan federal judge provisionally held Friday that Madeline Cuomo, the sister of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, should sit for a deposition to address claims that she facilitated an effort to retaliate against a woman who has accused the former governor of harassment.

  • March 22, 2024

    Albright Denies Salesforce Bid For Patent Sanctions

    Salesforce.com Inc. waited too long to pursue sanctions against a prolific patent litigator who already voluntarily dismissed claims brought in a federal suit in Texas, U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright has ruled, agreeing with a magistrate judge's report and recommendation to toss the sanctions bid.

  • March 21, 2024

    Burford, Sysco Get OK To Swap Bid In Price-Fixing Cases

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday agreed to allow an affiliate of legal investment firm Burford Capital to substitute for food giant Sysco in price-fixing litigation against broiler chicken producers, a ruling that comes a month after a Minnesota federal judge refused to allow the same Burford unit to substitute for Sysco in similar pork and beef price-fixing litigation.

  • March 21, 2024

    Colo. Distributor Seeks $2.3M Sanction For Stryker Spoilation

    A Colorado medical device distributor urged a federal judge to make Stryker and its lawyers pay $2.3 million in attorney fees as sanctions for "pervasive misconduct" throughout discovery and trial, arguing discovery violations will otherwise become the "cost of doing business" for the medical technology giant.

  • March 21, 2024

    Schumer Urges Texas District To Adopt Judge-Shopping Rule

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday urged the chief judge of the Northern District of Texas to quickly implement the Judicial Conference of the United States' updated policy that looks to prevent litigants from judge shopping, arguing that the district's current practices are "dangerous."

  • March 21, 2024

    Atty Takes Fight Over VLSI's 'Extortion' Claims To Fed. Court

    A Minnesota lawyer and a company he is affiliated with are taking their dispute with patent outfit VLSI Technology to Virginia federal court in an effort to fend off accusations that he is behind an "extortion" effort disguised as a petition to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • March 21, 2024

    Trump Misquotes Justices In Immunity Case's Opening Brief

    Former President Donald Trump invoked the writings of three sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices in a brief Tuesday to argue that former presidents are absolutely immune from criminal prosecution. Yet the cited opinions and papers actually express the opposite theories from what he claims — a miscue attorneys say could backfire on him.

  • March 21, 2024

    'Sit Down!' DC Judge Snaps At Atty Over False Ad Defense

    Oral arguments over footwear nearly got an attorney kicked out of court Thursday, as a D.C. federal judge told a defense counselor to "Sit down!" for making "snide remarks" before ultimately denying most of his motion to dismiss a Federal Trade Commission suit alleging deceptive advertising.

  • March 21, 2024

    $114M Discord Stock Case Tossed Ahead Of Jury Trial

    A Texas federal judge has dismissed a 21-count indictment against seven men accused of operating a multimillion-dollar "pump-and-dump" stock scheme over social media platform Discord two weeks before they were set to be tried before a jury, writing that the government's case was unable to survive two recent appellate court decisions that reined in corruption prosecutions.

  • March 21, 2024

    NY Disbars 'Copyright Troll' Atty For Ignoring Orders, Lying

    A suspended New York attorney who became known as a "copyright troll" has been disbarred, with a state appeals court concluding that a long pattern of noncompliance with court orders and making false representations during cases merits the punishment.

  • March 21, 2024

    8th Circ. Backs Attys' Win In COVID Hotel Eviction Challenge

    Two government attorneys did not violate the U.S. Constitution when they gave the green light to a Minnesota police department to forcibly remove a resident from a Super 8 motel in June 2020 amid a COVID-19 era eviction ban, the Eighth Circuit ruled in a precedential opinion Thursday, citing a "dearth of precedent."

  • March 21, 2024

    Ex-Moses & Singer Partner Says New-Mom Bias Is Rampant

    A former partner at New York litigation firm Moses & Singer LLP said she witnessed women at the firm go from being considered "superstars" to "mommy brained" after returning from maternity leave, according to a declaration attached to an amended pregnancy discrimination complaint in federal court.

  • March 21, 2024

    Unabomber Prosecutor To Probe FTX's Sullivan & Cromwell Ties

    The Delaware bankruptcy court overseeing the Chapter 11 case of FTX Trading Ltd. has approved the appointment of a former federal prosecutor, whose experience includes work on the Unabomber case, to delve into accusations Sullivan & Cromwell is conflicted as debtor's counsel.

  • March 21, 2024

    Chicago Restaurant Biz Sanctioned For Missing Discovery

    A Cook County judge on Wednesday sanctioned the former management group behind celebrated Chicago eatery Maple & Ash and two associated entities for discovery violations, ordering them to pay attorney fees and costs spent seeking their compliance to information requests and warning that escalating penalties could be imposed if violations continue.

  • March 21, 2024

    Trump's Mystery Docket: Inside NY's Secretive Filing System

    The first criminal indictment of a former American president may have arrived in 21st century New York, but it landed in a court system stuck in the past — where the official record is a disorganized and incomplete mass of paper with no accounting of what's inside.

  • March 21, 2024

    Robins Kaplan, Funding Firm Must Pay Sanctions, Court Told

    An investment firm has urged a New York state appellate court to uphold a $156,000 sanction levied against a litigation funding firm and its counsel from Robins Kaplan LLP over the law firm's access to the opposing party's Dropbox account, saying a trial court acted within its discretion in imposing the sanction.

  • March 21, 2024

    Fla. High Court Rejects Judge's Discipline Over Campaign Talk

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rebuffed a stipulation between the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission and a county circuit judge agreeing to a 30-day suspension without pay over pro-law enforcement remarks he made during his campaign for office, saying the settlement was based on an incorrect reading of conduct rules.

  • March 21, 2024

    Former Legal Tech Exec Says She's Owed Over $1M In Shares

    A former business executive has sued the Texas law firm and legal technology company where she worked, alongside the firms' founders, claiming she was sexually harassed on the job and then illegally fired earlier this year after she tried to collect on more than $1 million in shares from the tech company.

  • March 21, 2024

    Sen. Menendez's Wife Keeps Attys After Feds Allege Conflict

    Nadine Menendez, the wife of New Jersey's U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, told a Manhattan federal judge Thursday that she will stick with her Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears LLP lawyers ahead of their corruption trial after prosecutors alleged an ethical conflict.

  • March 21, 2024

    DA Rips Trump For 'Wild' Accusations Over Late Documents

    The Manhattan district attorney is pushing back on claims of misconduct from former President Donald Trump's legal team as the two sides spar over the late production of thousands of pages of documents that have cast doubt on the timing of his hush-money trial.

  • March 21, 2024

    Robins Kaplan, Colo. Firm Beat Malpractice Claim

    A Colorado appeals courts determined Thursday a state trial court was right to rule in favor of Robins Kaplan LLP and a Colorado firm in a 2020 malpractice suit after the lower court found it could not be proven that attorney negligence caused a worse outcome for the firms' client.

  • March 21, 2024

    'Sibling Squabbles' At NJ Law Firm Sent Back To State Court

    A woman formerly employed as an administrator at her sister's New Jersey law firm won her bid to have her suit alleging an anticipatory breach of her retirement plan and retaliatory firing sent back to state court this week.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Attorneys Should Have An Ethical Duty To Advance DEI

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    National and state bar associations are encouraging attorneys to apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the legal profession and beyond, and these associations should take it one step further by formally recognizing ethical duties for attorneys to promote DEI, which could better the legal profession and society, says Elena Mitchell at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Use Caution In Cases Involving Illegal Images Of Minors

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    In cases where underage victims of sexual assault and abuse have been coerced into sharing nude or sexual images, attorneys representing abuse survivors must understand the strict protocols that regulate the handling of such illegal images, while taking care to protect essential evidence, says Michelle Simpson Tuegel at Simpson Tuegel.

  • Data-Driven Insights Are Key To Attracting Today's Clients

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    As law firm growth slows and competition for clients increases, modern firms must rely on robust data analytics to develop the sector-based expertise and industry insights that clients increasingly prioritize in relationships with counsel, says Lavinia Calvert at Intapp.

  • Ghosting In BigLaw: Why Better Feedback Habits Are Needed

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    Not giving assignments or constructive criticism to junior associates can significantly affect their performance and hours, potentially leading them to leave the firm, but partners can prevent this by asking the right questions and creating a culture of feedback, says Rachel Patterson at Orrick.

  • Calif. Ruling Adds Employer Considerations On Email Policies

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    Following a California appellate court's recent decision disqualifying an attorney in Militello v. VFarm 1509, companies should take steps to explicitly inform employees of email monitoring, as it could affect the admissibility of email evidence if a dispute arises, say Shawn Ogle and David Sarfati at Atkinson Andelson.

  • Rebuttal

    Law Needs A Balance Between Humanism And Formalism

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    A recent Law360 guest article rightly questions the pretextual pseudo-originalism that permits ideology to masquerade as judicial philosophy, but the cure would kill the patient because directness, simplicity and humanness are achievable without renouncing form or sacrificing stare decisis, says Vanessa Kubota at the Arizona Court of Appeals.

  • How The Circuit Split Over CFPB Funding May Play Out

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    The Second Circuit created a circuit split last month when it found that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's funding structure doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution and clashed with the Fifth Circuit's holding that the CFPB itself is unconstitutional, but the U.S. Supreme Court may find a middle ground, say Andrew Braunstein and Casey Howard at Locke Lord.

  • Short Message Data Challenges In E-Discovery

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    As short message platforms increasingly dominate work environments, lawyers face multiple programs, different communication styles and emoji in e-discovery, so they must consider new strategies to adapt their processes, says Cristin Traylor at Relativity.

  • Opinion

    Thomas Report Is Final Straw — High Court Needs Ethics Code

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    As a recent report on Justice Clarence Thomas' ongoing conflicts of interest makes evident, Supreme Court justices should be subject to an enforceable and binding code of ethics — like all other federal judges — to maintain the credibility of the institution, says Erica Salmon Byrne at Ethisphere.

  • Joint Representation Ethics Lessons From Ga. Electors Case

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    The Fulton County district attorney's recent motion to disqualify an attorney from representing her elector clients, claiming a nonconsentable conflict of interest, raises key questions about representing multiple clients related to the same conduct and highlights potential pitfalls, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Grace Wynn at HWG.

  • Lawyer Discernment Is Critical In The World Of AI

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    In light of growing practical concerns about risks and challenges posed by artificial intelligence, lawyers' experience with the skill of discernment will position them to help address new ethical and moral dilemmas and ensure that AI is developed and deployed in a way that benefits society as a whole, says Jennifer Gibbs at Zelle.

  • Don't Forget Alumni Engagement When Merging Law Firms

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    Neglecting law firm alumni programs after a merger can sever the deep connections attorneys have with their former firms, but by combining good data management and creating new opportunities to reconnect, firms can make every member in their expanded network of colleagues feel valued, say Clare Roath and Erin Warner at Troutman Pepper.

  • Without Stronger Due Diligence, Attys Risk AML Regulation

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    Amid increasing pressure to mitigate money laundering and terrorism financing risks in gatekeeper professions, the legal industry will need to clarify and strengthen existing client due diligence measures — or risk the federal regulation attorneys have long sought to avoid, says Jeremy Glicksman at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Insureds' Notice Pleading May Be Insufficient In Federal Court

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    A recent New Jersey federal court ruling in Bauman v. Hanover Insurance held that bare-bones notice pleading was insufficient and dismissed the policyholder's coverage complaint, a reminder that courts may require more than an expression of general disagreement with an insurance company's denial letter to proceed with the case, says Eugene Killian at The Killian Firm.

  • Every Lawyer Can Act To Prevent Peer Suicide

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    Members of the legal industry can help prevent suicide among their colleagues, and better protect their own mental health, by learning the predictors and symptoms of depression among attorneys and knowing when and how to get practical aid to peers in crisis, says Joan Bibelhausen at Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.

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